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Pokémon X and Y announced with October 2013 worldwide release

Get ready to “Catch em’ All” fans, as Nintendo has announced the next instalment in the Pokémon franchise, this time in 3D for the Nintendo 3DS gaming system. Pokémon X and Y will be two brand-new entries in the main Pokémon series coming to 3DS worldwide in October.

The games were announced by Pikachu himself in a short video announcement that shows off the first ever 3D Pokémon game, along with some of the new characters and the overall look of X and Y.

The three new starter Pokémon come in your obligatory Fire, Water and Leaf classes and are shown off in the video. Fans will be able to choose from:

  • Fennekin –  A Fire Pokémon that is based on a Fox
  • Froakie – A Water based frog-like Pokémon
  • Chespin – A Leaf based Pokémon that’s a cross between a plant and a Beaver

This will be the first time that Pokémon have been seen in 3D and with the change Nintendo has gone for a much more animated look for the game, with everything looking much more like a Saturday morning cartoon show than ever before.

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata has announced that Pokémon X and Y be launching in October and in a surprise move the company will be releasing the game worldwide on the same day in October. This means the long wait for western world players will not be the same this time as the game will be modified for the US and Europe and released at the same time as in Pokémon’s native Asia.

CEO of The Pokémon Company Tsunekazu Ishihara had this to say about the new games: “The worldwide launch of Pokémon X and Pokémon Y this October allows players to begin their adventures at the same time. Now, Pokémon fans across the globe can discover the secrets of Pokémon games and can collect, battle, and trade with each other immediately.”

Check out the video below to see what you think and to meet the new characters:

Nintendo will be hoping that Pokémon can bring in new customers to its 3DS console and we cannot wait to try out the new game!